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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Review

In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the Decepticons (under the command of head Decepticon ‘The Fallen’) return to earth to gain revenge on the Autobots and humans that brought them to their demise in the first film. Shia LeBouf and Megan Fox reprise their lead character roles as Sam and Kayla respectively and almost everyone from the first film is back for this one (although they do not bring anything new, character-wise to this film). There are also new robots from both sides, though none of them make a big enough impact for us to care.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Review

Wolverine is the first character specific spin-off from the popular X-Men film series. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the claw-bearing Logan/Wolverine and is joined by Liev Schreiber as his mutant sibling Victor Creed – later known as Sabretooth in the first X-Men film. The film introduces us to these two characters as they fight through each of the main wars in history, inevitably ending up as part of a mutant taskforce headed by William Stryker, played by Danny Huston. Logan walks off on the taskforce after disagreeing with the team’s code of behaviour and finds a peaceful life in the Canadian Rockies with love interest Kayla, played by Lynn Collins. Once Logan’s secluded existence is disrupted by a visit from Victor, he enlists in the Weapon X program, setting off the vendetta between the two mutants over the course of the film.

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Deja Vu – Review

In Déjà Vu, ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is called upon to solve a major bombing of a ferry in post-Katrina New Orleans. It is when the body of Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton) washes ashore that Carlin begins to unravel clues to a connection between Kuchever and the suspected bomber. Carlin is assigned by FBI agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) to solve the mystery and takes him to a secret high-tech ‘time-window’ lab – created by the FBI as a surveillance system, allowing them, through satellite imagery to re-create events occurring four days in the past. The chase for the bomber begins, both in real – and past time dimensions.

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The Pursuit of Happyness – Review

The Pursuit of Happyness is a rags-to-future-riches story of exceptional perseverance starring Will and son Jaden Smith. After an erroneous investment into a large stock of bone density scanners, Chris Gardner’s (Smith Sr.) life starts spiraling down when he discovers that his investment is hard to sell and is barely making ends meet. Chris’s life really hits the pits when wife Linda (Thandie Newton) leaves him and he is left with his son Chris (Smith Jr.) and no money. Chris’s inspiration for success comes in the form of a six month internship at brokerage firm Dean Witter, where he is accepted but to his dismay finds out that it is unpaid and his chances of selection are one in twenty. During this period Chris is forced to live in shelters, toilets and dodgy motels as he struggles to keep himself and his son happy and inspired.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest hits the ground running in stupendous fashion in Gore Verbinski’s follow up to Disney’s smash hit of 2003 – Curse of the Black Pearl. The action sequences, special effects and overall epic elements have been raised a notch in the middle installation of the planned Pirates trilogy. Most of the cast of the first film return in the same roles with a few new faces, human and alien alike.

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